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The Hospitality Club is the world's largest hospitality exchange organization. We are thousands of friendly members world wide who offer each other free accommodation when traveling. Membership is free and joining just takes a minute - we would love to have you onboard!

Travel Guide for Slovenia

Here you will find travel information and insider tips about Slovenia that has been cooperatively contributed by other friendly Hospitality Club members. Please become active as well, and share your vast budget travel and backpacking knowledge with other members and the internet community - it is very easy to edit any information here (more info in the Help File). We hope that these Travel Guides will quickly become a great and fun resource. If you want to print this guide out to take with you, we have prepared this Printer Friendly Travel Guide for you. Enjoy!
For Introduction, Top Things to See and Do, Neighboring Countries, Who is coming?, Want more guests!, Hospitality Club Meetings and the geographic navigation please see the main Slovenia Page.

Basic Facts

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Official Country Name: Slovenija
Capital: Ljubljana
Population: 1.964.036 (2002 census)
Telephone Code: +386
Time Zone: Central European Time GTM
Area: 20273 sq km
Language(s): Slovenian; in nationally mixed areas also Italian and Hungarian
Highest Mountain: Triglav 2864 metres above sea level
President/Head of State: dr. Janez Drnovšek
Government: Prime Minister, 14 Ministers, ... more

Attractions and Things to See and Do

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Capital Ljubljana, Lake Bled, the mountains and the Triglav national park, city Piran on the coastline, water mill on river Mura and many other. For more info please visit the Slovenian tourist office at http://www.slovenia-tourism.si.

Maps

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Following this web site, you will find a map of Slovenia with indications of major towns and castles - http://www.burger.si/SLOIndex.htm.
n the same web page - http://www.burger.si - you can find other interesting links to Virtual Reality Panoramas of Slovenia.

Off the Beaten Path and Insider Tips

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Slovenia is very safe country. Actually most of the foreigners that are also hitch-hikers say that is it the paradise for the hitch-hikers (as long as you have at least some ideas about hitch-hiking).
Everybody speaks English, so you will have no problems communicating.
The bad side of Slovenian is that we are introverted and sometimes we express our feelings in a very strange way - e.g. high percentage of suicides, high percentage of jealousy, etc.
As for gu ... more

Suggested Itineraries

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Slovenia is a small country. If you come for a week, you can visit all the proposed sightseeings, I mentioned above.

1 Day, 1 Week, 2 Weeks, 1 Month ...

Transport

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Travelling by train is cheaper than travelling by bus. Hitch-hiking very recommended.
Travelling centre enables you to find or give transport to somebody else.

Getting there and away, Getting around by Air, Train, Bus, Car, Motorcycle, Boat, Hitchhiking, Bicycle ...

Accommodation

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Youth hostel Cell in Ljubljana - http://www.souhostel.com/.

If you do not want to stay with other HC members, or noone is available, here is what other members suggest. Hostels Hotels Camping Other Options
Hostels in Slovenia

Food and Drinks and Local Specialties

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Check out this web site - of course in English - http://www.matkurja.com/eng/country-info/food-drinks.

Money and Costs

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CurrencyThe official currency in Slovenia is the Slovenian Tolar. It comes in coins in value of 1,2,5,10,20,50 and in paper money ranging from 10 to 10000 tolars. One Euro will buy you around 238 tolars. (this changes with the exange rates so also check elswhere)
Exchanging Money Money can very easily be exchanged throughout the country at banks and post officies and there are also exchange officies in areas frequented by turists. Ther is usualy 0% commision if you change your ... more

Visa and Documents and Embassies

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Who needs a visa? How to get it? Embassies & Consulates, of the country abroad and in the country

Folowing countries do not need visa to enter Slovenia
Link to Ministry of Foreign affairs in Slovenia

Borders and Customs

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It's very easy to cros the W, N, and E, border due to the EU. It might get a bit cloged up whe crossing at border crossings whe traveling by car in the hight of the season.

Post and Communications and Internet

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Post, Telephone, Fax, Internet Access ...

Questions and Answers or Forum

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Here anything goes, you can post questions you have, and other members will answer you. If you do answer, please send the reply directly to the asking member as well, and try to integrate the information into the categories above. If too difficult to do, just answer right here and a volunteer will integrate in the future. Also, you can put thanks notes in here. Add new questions on top so they show up on the Travel Guide page. Please post messages not related to traveling or the aim of the Hospi ... more

Hospitality Club Meetings

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Use this section to add more info if you organize meetings and events (you can add a short note on the main country page). You can also invite other members to parties, sports events, whenever you would like to meet up with someone.

Travelogues

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Have you written a story about a trip to this country? Just paste your text in here and share your experience with other members.

Photos

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Here you can include photos that are hosted somewhere on the internet. As with maps, you have to make sure that it is ok for us to use the photos here (so they should be either your photos, or you should ask the owner), and that it is allright to call them up from here.

Activities and Sports

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from rafting to B.A.S.E. jumping u can find it all in Slovenia

Nightlife and Entertainment

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Bars, Cafes, Discos, Cinemas... There are 2 popular night clubs in Ljubljana
Bachus - on Kongresni trg 3 www.bachus-center.com
Global - on Slovenska ul. up in the supermarket NAMA. The lift takes you high on 6th floor, you can get a good look over Ljubljana
For more underground destinations you should check clubs:
K4 - on Kersnikova 4. electronic music.
Metelkova mesto - on Metelkova street. Various clubs and underground movement.

Population and People

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Culture and Conduct or Local Customs

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Language and Useful Phrases

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It's always easy to impress the locals and show them you care by knowing a few phrases in the local language.Since intonation is a big problem (unless you're studying languages) just try your best, and pretty soon you'll catch on.
Goodmornig - Dobro joutro (it means the excat same thing)
Good evening - Dober večer
Bye - Adijo
Thanks - Hvala
Other than does you don't need any other phrases because everyone speaks english. Especialy the younger generation and if they kn ... more

Events and Holidays

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Festivals, Sports, Concerts, Public Holidays...

Climate and When to Go

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Geography

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Environment and Flora and Fauna

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Dangers and Warnings

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Slovenia is a very, very safe country. There realy aren't any warnings to give you. Female traveleres should use common sence when alone but other than that there really isn't much tefth or other risks anywhere in the country.

Tourist Traps

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Health

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History

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Government and Politics

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Economy

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GDP, GDP per head, Annual growth, inflation, Major Industries, Major trading partners...

Arts

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Music, Literature, Theater, Movies ...

Media

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Newspapers, Radio and TV, Magazines ...

An article about the hospitality club published in the Slovenian national newspaper DELO on 24 August 2005 - http://www.delo.si/index.php?sv_path=43,49&id=5e25ed46078501aa63b4a7742cd1042304&t=html&p=16

Religion

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Volunteer Opportunities and Work

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Check out the European Youth Portal at http://europe.eu.int/youth - not only you will find info about and related to Slovenia, but also to other 24 members of EU!

Organized Tours

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What to Bring or Packing List

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Shopping

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Books and Further Reading

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Guidebooks, Travel, History and Politics
Please enter Amazon links to the books - we will put info on how to do this here shortly. This way we hope to get a bit of funding for the running of the club, if someone buys the books you recommend.

Other Information

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Could not fit it into any of the categories above? Put it here...:-)

External Links

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Official Country Website:
Only add really valuable resources here. Also, please ask the webmaster of the site you link here to add a link back to the Hospitality Club. If the link exists, please add (L) behind the URL of the link.

Offtopic Messages

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Guide in Alps for cooperation Hello! i am searching a real professional person in Slovenia, preferably on the ALPS territory for future cooperation (guides, interpreteurs, assistenats, shop assistants, ski instructors). No payments or commitions. Searching: - reliable person currently living in Slovenia (preferbly in Alps) - person who is willing to cooperate with us and receive tourists in Slovenia - professional, with good knowledge of the area - preferebly speaking Russian Contact m ... more
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